When we ring Will Dowd to speak to him about his new business launch, he’s a little out of breath as a result of moving kegs and painting doorways.
“We open this Saturday so it’s all hands to deck. We’ve almost fully booked already actually, we’ve had fantastic support,” Will explains.
But what exactly is the new venture?
Dowdies, named after the family name of Will and his wife Natalie, is a new daytime British bistro, which transforms into a street food offering and bar come evening – think loaded fries, steaks and burgers. Located at 74 Albert Road in the premises that has been more recently Eadie’s, it is family and dog friendly, with Will clear that he wants everyone to feel welcome there.
“Dowdies has secured itself a prime location at the bottom end of Albert Road and we are thrilled with the welcome we’ve had from nearby venues such as Tubbs and Riley’s. They’ve introduced themselves to me and we all want to support one another – the more the merrier when it comes to attracting customers,” Will explains.
The grand opening is 9am Saturday 1st April, a date that isn’t lost on Will – “I’d be a fool not to choose this as my opening date!” Will jokes. “Some people might think it’s an unusual date to choose but why not? We had a soft launch on Wednesday 29th March for friends and family to see how everything works.”
On the Saturday itself, new up and coming band Cascade will perform.
Will was born and bred in Colne and the husband-and-wife team enjoy having a business in town, with ten years of industry experience behind them.
“We have a fine group of people in Colne and we are excited for Dowdies and the future. We’ll be open seven days a week from 9am until late, so there’s plenty of chance for people to drop in, say hi and see what we’re all about.”